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How To Stop Your Dog From Scratching: Protect Your Pet From The Worst Causes

Author : Andrew Goligher


Your dog may develop itching due to several common causes. Knowing what they are will help to protect it and your home. Finding the best relief is only part of learning on how to stop your dog from scratching.

One main cause of itching is fleas. Unfortunately, fleas multiply very rapidly. By the time you see your dog scratching, it may have a serious infestation. Treating the fleas both on your dog and in your home is the first crucial step to helping it find relief.

Because fleas hatch every day, you should have your veterinarian start the first medication. Then, you will need to keep every area your dog visits clean. Your entire home, indoor and out, should be treated for fleas. Target the lawn, and the areas where your pet sleeps and eats. If the infestation is large enough, everyone in your family may be itching from fleabites, too. You might consider calling in a professional exterminator to treat your property with a series of treatments to catch not only the living fleas, but also the hatching ones.

Many dogs develop allergic reactions to fleas. They can come in contact with a single flea and still have itchy skin. Interesting is that the treatments are the same as used for humans, but in very different doses. Lotions and creams such as calamine may provide relief. Be certain to get any of these from the veterinarian to be certain it is the appropriate strength for the size of pet.

Mites and ringworm are two other reasons for scratching. The mites are very tiny insects that burrow into the skin and cause severe itching. You cannot see them, but you can see the damage they cause. If left untreated long enough, patches of fur will fall off. Just as with mites, ringworm also causes fur loss in patches. But ringworm is a fungus, rather than an insect. Both of these must be treated by the doctor with specialized creams, and both may take a while to heal.

Dogs can suffer from food allergies much in the same way that humans do. If all other causes have been ruled out, then consider whether or not the food the dog is eating is causing its scratching. Commercial dog foods may be the source. Also spicy foods, sweet foods, red meats, or foods with preservatives, are main culprits. To determine exactly which food is difficult. You must remove only one food at a time for 2 to 4 weeks to look for improvements.

Be certain to check for spider, tick, or snake bites if your location warrants it. These are a bit difficult to find, unless your pet has scratched one area to the point of it becoming red, irritated, swollen, or filled with pus. You should see a veterinarian immediately after discovering one of these causes, and be certain to know how to administer emergency treatment on your own if necessary.

Dogs enjoy scratching their stomachs by dragging across floors. If this behavior bothers you, or is excessive, try spending extra time and attention on your dog. It can be a signal for needing attention, and you can solve this itching cause quickly by giving you dog some extra affection. Learning how to stop your dog from scratching is discovering the cause of the itching and dealing with it appropriately.


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